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Using Octave to solve systems of two non-linear ODEs

How to solve following system of ordinary differential equations using Octave? $$\frac{dx}{dt} = - [x(t)]^2 - x(t)y(t)$$ $$\frac{dy}{dt} = - [y(t)]^2 - x(t)y(t)$$ Update: initial conditions: ...
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Difference between improper node and proper node for phase portrait

Can someone offer an explanation for the difference between these two? I see pictures of what seem to be examples of both, but it's hard for me to discern what a new portrait would be. Any help? ...
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Find the first order system of linear equations

Regard the diff equation: $mϕ′′+aϕ′+(mg/L)ϕ=0$ $ϕ(0)=0.1$ $ϕ′(0)=0$ where $m=0.1,L=1,a=2,$ 1) Rewrite the second order diff equation as a system of first order linear equations. 2) What is the ...
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Undamped spring mass system

I have this study guide for an upcoming test for DE class I'm trying to figure out. A mass of 400 grams stretches a spring by 5 centimeters. (a) Find the spring constant k, the angular frequency ω, ...
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Can someone give me an example of how to work out an exact linear second order differential equation?

I have a theorem that states: If an equation $P(x)y''+Q(x)y'+R(x)y=0$ can be written in the form: $$[P(x)y']'+[f(x)y]'=0$$ then the equation is said to be exact. Now I need to expand and equate ...
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Solving a first order linear ODE and determining the behavior of its solutions

(a) Draw a direction field for the given differential equation. How do solutions appear to behave as $t → 0$? Does the behavior depend on the choice of the initial value $a$? Let $a_{0}$ be the value ...
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Division of differential equations

$$\frac{dx(t)}{dy(t)}=\frac{\alpha x(t) - \beta x(t) y(t)}{-\gamma y(t) + \delta x(t)y(t)}$$ How would one simplify this fraction? Maybe the chain rule could be of any use, but I don't see how.
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Second order ODE - why the extra X for the solution?

Assuming I have the following homogeneous ODE equation: $$a\cdot y'' + b\cdot y' + c \cdot y = 0$$ Why for $(b^2 - 4\cdot a\cdot c=0) \quad $,(meaning, when $m_1=m_2$) then the solution is: $$y = ...
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solving third-order nonlinear ordinary differential equation

I would like to solve: $(\frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}})^2+\frac{d^{3}y}{dx^{3}} \frac{dy}{dx}=0$ Thanks in advance.
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How many $f(x)$ are possible satisfying $f(x)=f'(x)$ and $f(0)=f(1)=0$.

Let $f:[0,1]\to\Bbb{R}$ be a fixed continuous function such that $f$ is differentiable on $(0,1)$ and $f(0)=f(1)=0$. Then the equation $f(x)=f'(x)$ admits how many solutions? The only solution ...
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Find the velocity of a flow

The question is: Find the velocity of the flow described by the velocity potential given in the polar coordinates $φ$$(r, θ)$ = $θ$, where $x = r cos θ$ and $y = r sin θ$, $r > 0, 0 ≤ θ < 2π$ ...
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How to go about solving this question on differentials?

A ring of a planet has an inner radius of approximately 52,000 km (measured from the center of the planet) and a radial width of 19 km. Use differentials to estimate the area of the ring. (Round ...
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Poincare-Bendixson theorem contradiction help

Lets suppose p is asymptotically stable but not a singularity for the planar differential equation dx/dt=f(x), then for points x sufficiently closed to p we must have x(t) tends to p. so the limit set ...
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Derivative of a differential equation help??

Please can someone explain this to me in detail: if $y''+4y'+3y=14\cos(2x)$ and $z'''+4z''+3z'=-28\sin(2x)$ show that the $z=y+c$ where $c$ is a constant I know the second is the integral of the first ...
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Finding the interval where a solution is certain to exist for the equation $y' + (\tan t)y = \sin t$

Given the following problem: Determine (without solving the problem) an interval in which the solution is certain to exist for the initial value problem $y' + (\tan t)y = \sin t, \space y(2\pi) = ...
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Solve a differential equation and evaluate the solution at a particular value of independent variable

If $\frac{dy(x)}{dx}=(2-3i)y(x)$ where $i=\sqrt{-1}$, what is the value of $y(\pi)$?
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Differential Equations/IVP: $\frac{dy}{dt} = 4 - y^3$ and $y(-1)=2$

Transform the given initial value problem into an equivalent problem with the initial point at the origin. $$\cfrac {dy}{dt} = 4 - y^3 \\ y(-1)=2$$ I have no idea about how to solve it. Could you ...
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Integrating absolute value function

I'm working on a problem drawing phase plane diagrams in my applied mathematics course. I'm supposed to draw the phase line diagram of $x''+\vert x\vert=0.$ In the process, I get to the differential ...
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Wronskian-Differential Equations

The equations below are matrices: Consider the vectors $y^{(1)} (t)$=$\begin{pmatrix}t \\1 \end{pmatrix}$ and $y^{(2)}$ (t)=$\begin{pmatrix}t^2 \\2t \end{pmatrix}$ (a) Compute the Wronskian of ...
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Let $f$ be a field with only one singularity in the origin. Show that the phase diagram of the field $f$ has exactly three distinct orbits

Let $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R $ be a field with only one singularity in the origin. Show that the phase diagram of the field $f$ has exactly three distinct orbits which are the following: I need ...
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Solve separable DE with integrating factor and homogeneous substitution

I just came out of test which asked to solve $$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{y}{x}$$ with $x,y>0$ in three ways: by separating the variables, using the substitution $y=vx$ and using an integrating factor. ...
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Find a particular solution of the differential equation $-3y''-2y'+y=3xe^x$

Using the method of undetermined coefficients. Guess $(Ax+B)e^x$ Plug into diff eq: $-3[(Ax+B)e^x]'' - 2[(Ax+B)e^x]' + (Ax+B)e^x = 3xe^x$ Wolfram alpha simplifies this to: $A(x-2)=e^x(4B+3x)$. ...
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Initial values are lost (diff eq to Transfer function)?

I read eternal Julius O. Smith III and he says that $$x_{n-m} = z^{-m}X(z)$$ Particularly, difference relation $$y_{n} = y_{n-1} + x_{n}$$ is solved by by $$Y = z^{-1}Y + X = {X \over ...
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Differential Equations: solve the system

Solve the following system: $$dx/dt=-.2(y-2)$$ $$dy/dt=.8(x-2)$$ This is what I have so far, but I got stuck.. $$\begin{eqnarray} dx/dt&=&-.2y-.4\\ x'&=&-.2y-.4\\ ...
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$\frac{dy}{dx} = 3y^{2/3}$ general solution?

What's the general solution of $\frac{dy}{dx} = 3y^{2/3}$ ? Im pretty sure this is a separable equation, but I'm not sure how to go forward? Just multiply by $dx$ and $\frac{1}{3y^{2/3}}$ well then I ...
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Why are mathematician so interested to find theory for solving partial differential equations but not for integral equation?

Why are mathematician so interested to find theory for solving partial differential equations (for example Navier-Stokes equation) but not for integral equations?
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Solving Special Function Equations Using Lie Symmetries

The lie group + representation theory approach to special functions & how they solve the ode's arising in physics is absolutely amazing. I've given an example of it's power below on Bessel's ...
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What's so special about sine? (Concerning $y'' = -y$)

In an attempt to actually grok sine, I came across the $y''= -y$ definition. This is incredibly cool, but it leads me to a whole new series of questions. Sine seems pretty prevalent ...
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Osgood condition

Let $h$ and $g$ be continuous, non-decreasing and concave functions in the interval $[0,\infty)$ with $h(0)=g(0)=0$ and $h(x)>0$ and $g(x)>0$ for $x>0$ such that both satisfy the Osgood ...
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Solving Differential Functional Equation $f(2x)=2f(x)f'(x)$

Find all functions satisfying $f(2x)=2f'(x)f(x)$ Under given condition, can't we find explicit solutions?
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Why solutions of $y''+(w^2+b(t))y=0$ behave like solutions of $y''+w^2y=0$ at infinity

Assume $w>0$ and $b(t)$ be continuous on $[0,+\infty)$ and $\int_0^\infty |b(t)| dt <\infty$ show that $y''+(w^2+b(t))y=0$ has solution $\phi(t)$ such that $$\lim_{t\to\infty} ...
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Locally or Globally Lipschitz-functions

Determine if the following function satisfies a local or a a uniform Lipschitz condition. The definition of locally Lipschitz and globally lipschitz are as follows: (i) We say that f is (uniformly) ...
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When do the Freshman's dream product and quotient rules for differentiation hold?

This is motivated by looking at the calculus exams of some of my undergraduate students. A recurring mistake is assuming that the derivative of the product of functions is a product of derivatives and ...
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What is, how do you use, and why do you use differentials? What are their practical uses?

What is a differential? And how is it useful? What is its practical use? For example, in Electromagnetic Wave Theory as it pertains to diffraction gratings, we have an equation like this one: ...
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Numerical Analysis References

Could anyone suggest any good (perhaps online ref papers) reference material on numerical analysis focusing on determining accuracy/estimated errors, rates/orders of convergence especially when ...
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Tough Inverse Fourier Transform

In reference to this answer I gave the other day, I came across a very interesting function whose IFT would be nice to evaluate as part of completing the solution to the problem I answered. The ...
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Complicated exercise on ODE

I have this exercise extracted from a examination of qualitative theory of ODE (in which we study the existence and uniqueness of solutions, and stability using the function of Lyapunov) I don't know ...
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Properties of the solutions to $x'=t-x^2$

Let $f_c$ be the solution to $$ \left\{ \begin{array}{c} x'=t-x^2 \\ x(0) =c \end{array} \right. $$ I'm trying to prove: If $c \geq 0$ then $f_c(t)$ is defined for all $t>0$ There is a ...
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dropping a particle into a vector field, part 2

Okay, so earlier I posted this question "dropping a particle into a vector field " as sort of a feeler question as i study line integrals in order to go into surface integrals and eventually ...
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Methods to solve differential equations

We are given the equation $$\frac{1}{f(x)} \cdot \frac{d\left(f(x)\right)}{dx} = x^3.$$ To solve it, "multiply by $dx$" and integrate: $\frac{x^4}{4} + C = \ln \left( f(x) \right)$ But $dx$ is not a ...
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How $\frac{dx}{dy}=f(x)g(y) \Leftrightarrow \int \frac{dx}{f(x)} = \int g(y)dy$?

In my intro differential equations class we have often used the "equivalence" stated in title. It seems to me that somehow, the intermediate step $$ \frac{dx}{f(x)} = g(y)dy$$ is being used, in which ...
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Using the Jordan form Complex

Let $C$ be a complex $n \times n$ matrix with $\det C \neq 0$. Prove that there is a complex matrix $B$ such that $C = e^B$ Hint: use the Jordan form matrices for comlexas
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Cancelling differentials

I'll start with an example. In physics, $x(t)$ represents the $x$-position of a particle, and $v(t)$ its ($x$-)velocity. To determine the total displacement of a particle on the interval $[a, b]$, we ...
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How to make a smart guess for this ODE

I am dealing with a strange problem currently, we have a differential equation $$y(x)^2 = \pm \sqrt{-A \cos(x) - B \cos^2(x)+y'(x)-C},$$ where $C, A$ and $B $ are parameters. (The case that either ...
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Examples of nonlinear ordinary differential equations with elementary solutions.

I am looking for nice examples of nonlinear ordinary differential equations that have simple solutions in terms of elementary functions. (But are not trivial to find, like, for example, with ...
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How to prove that $\frac{d^n}{dx^n}(x^2-1)^n=0$ has $n$ real roots?

How do I prove that $$\frac{d^n}{dx^n}(x^2-1)^n=0$$ has $n$ real roots?
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Eigenfunctions of the Laplacian

I am willing to offer a bounty for this one, so I will give you an exact idea of what I need: I am looking for solutions of $$\Delta \Psi(r,\theta)=k^2\Psi(r,\theta)$$ where $k\in \mathbb{R}$. Such ...
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A proof of a theorem of Liouville

I need some reference for the proof of the following theorem attributed to Liouville: Theorem. Let $f(x):\Omega\longrightarrow \mathbb R^n$ be a $C^2$ function where $\Omega$ is an open subset of ...
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What is the physical meaning of fractional calculus?

What is the physical meaning of the fractional integral and fractional derivative? And many researchers deal with the fractional boundary value problems, and what is the physical background? What ...
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Determinant called Grammian

Famously, if functions $f_1,f_2,…,f_n$, each of which possesses a derivative of order $n-1$, are linearly independent on the interval $I$, if $$ \det\left( \begin{array}{ccccc} f_1 & f_2 & ...